Pitchers and catchers officially begin their preseason workouts this week, ending an eventful offseason where many teams improved their rosters heading into 2020.
For all the winners of the winters, though, there are the offseason losers. These are the clubs that failed to make the necessary roster upgrades, the free agents who miscalculated their values and the aging players in the twilight of their careers whose services are no longer desired. Below are the five biggest losers this winter.
Sign stealing aside, while MLB was conducting its investigation, the baseball world gathered in San Diego for the Winter Meetings in December. It was there that one of the Astros’ three aces from 2019 signed a record-setting nine-year, $324 million contract with the Yankees. Then, a day later, third baseman Anthony Rendon signed a seven-year, $245 million deal with the Angels, joining a lineup that already featured Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. The Astros lost the best pitcher on the planet and now will have to face that upgraded Angels…